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How a Chinese fruit became a Succot symbol


NEW YORK (JTA) — The holiday of Succot isn’t is complete without a lulav and an etrog, the four species that Jews are commanded to wave on the harvest holiday. But according to a new book, it wasn’t until the Second Temple period that Jews started using the lemon-like etrog as part of their Succot celebrations.

In ancient times, people would simply use whichever fruits they had...

Why these Dutch Christians are celebrating Succot


HENDRIK-IDO-AMBACHT, Netherlands (JTA) — From its exterior, the massive building known as The Ark in this Dutch town looks like a typical Reform synagogue.

On the Hebrew month of Tishrei, the ancient olive tree that dominates the yard of this large worship space is dwarfed by a reed succah, a ceremonial hut in which Jews consume their meals for one week each year on the holiday of...

Chabad to hold ‘Sukkah Fest’ on Sept. 27

Chabad of Louisiana has announced plans to hold a “Sukkah Fest” on Thursday, Spetember 27 at the succah of the Rivkin family located at 919 Broadway.

The Succot gathering from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. will feature music, food, fun and children’s activities. A lulav and etrog will be available for those that want to fulfill the commandments of saying blessings inside a succah. 

To reserve space send an email here.


JCDS announces Succot picnic on Sept. 27

The entire community has been invited to take part in a Succot Picnic at the Jewish Community Day School (JCDS), 3737 W. Esplanade Avenue, on Thursday, September 27 starting at 6:00 p.m.    The event will feature burgers, barbeque and other food items, fun activities for the kids and the opportunity to shake a lulav and etrog beneath the JCDS succah. Beer and wine will be available too.   The cost of...



The Festival of Succot prescribes, as its central observance, the construction of temporary shelters – the Succah – in which we “dwell” throughout the Holiday and, especially, eat our meals. Rabbi Akiba teaches that the Succah represents God’s protective Presence during the wilderness period (Sifra 17:11). Rabbi Eliezer disagrees: the Succah reprises the make-shift Israelite shelters of that era.

The Mishnah stipulates that the Succah...

Israel bans entry of Succot-related plants, citing agricultural disease control

(JTA) — Israel is keeping out plants used to celebrate Succot from coming into the country.

A task force charged with implementing the ban on three of the four species used to celebrate the holiday will begin working in the coming days at Ben Gurion Airport.

The Agriculture Ministry said the ban on the lulav, a frond from a date palm tree, leaves from the myrtle tree and willow branches...

Succah torn apart in vandalism at Kansas State University

(JTA) — A succah erected on the campus of Kansas State University was vandalized and destroyed.

The succah erected near the main dining hall on the Manhattan campus was carried away from its place on Friday night and broken apart, the Mercury newspaper reported Sunday. The pieces were left around the car of organizer Glen Buickerood, a graduate student who works on diversity initiatives at the school.

The campus Hillel...

UPDATE: From NOLA to Israel and back; Hazelnuts to vocalize for Succot on Mon.

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

The Hazelnuts, a close harmony vocal group from Israel, has New Orleans to thank for their unique sound. Years ago they were looking for a group they could emulate and discovered vintage film recordings of the Boswell Sister, three young siblings from New Orleans via YouTube.

The Boswells’ jazz-influenced sound of the late 1920s and early 1930s was claimed by the Andrews Sisters to be...

This panoramic succah re-creates Jerusalem in your backyard


JERUSALEM (JTA) — When it comes to Succot, the weeklong festival in which Jews live and eat in temporary huts known as succahs, no place does it better than Jerusalem. City schools and plenty of workplaces close, and a festive spirit permeates the air.

Many Jews around the world make a tradition of visiting Jerusalem to celebrate the holiday, which is also known as the Feast of Booths....

Shir Chadash dedicates renovated succah tonight, enjoys program on Shabbat

Shir Chadash invites the public to take part in two Succot events, one that commences tonight. A renovated succah will be dedicated tonight, Wednesday October 4 as evening falls. The succah renovation project was spearheaded by congregation president Lisa Finkelstein along with other staff and lay leaders.

The public is also invited to the succah garden following services on Saturday, October 7, approximately at 12:30 p.m.